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Samba attack bares security lapses

Apropos the editorial 'Dastardly attack' (September 27), it was yet another cowardly attack on the police station in Hiranagar and the army camp at Samba on September 26. But we have to tighten the screws in our own security setup. The attack on the army camp could have been avoided, had the police station at Hiranagar, after the attack, alerted the Samba garrison. The terrorists were allowed to travel 18 km in a truck on the highway, and enter the army camp shouting pro-jehad slogans.

Besides, the army camp should have only one well-guarded entry gate. The Officers Mess gate, from where the militants entered, should have an armed guard of 1 NCO and 3 jawans, as is normally the case. Eight hours is a long period to complete such an operation, and there too we lost four men against three terrorists. Our training and response need to be sharpened. Hats off to the CO, who must have led from the front, and got injured, and the 2IC who lost his life!

Lessons have to be learnt to avoid the recurrence of such terrorist attacks. The IB in the Samba sector has to be strengthened to avoid its breaches. There must be a well coordination between the Army, the BSF, the police, and the civil administration. The unified command, headed by the CM, can be effective only when politicians respect the forces, and a Union minister from Jammu and Kashmir realises the implication of calling some senior officers of the army as "muck". That is not acceptable to the soldiers who are laying down their lives in the Valley every day.

Nawaz Sharif has to control his army, ISI and the separatists working against India. The terrorists training camps cannot afford to exist, and the issue of J&K cannot be the centre point for peace between the two neighbours. Then only the dialogue can be meaningful and credible.

COL R D SINGH (RETD), Ambala Cantt


The terrorist attacks in Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir are unfortunate, condemnable and shameful. It is strange that terrorists first struck at Hiranagar (Kathua) and then at Samba. It must have taken more than half an hour for terrorists to reach their second destination. What were our security forces doing during this crucial period? This depicts a total lack of coordination between different wings of the Indian security forces. A high-level inquiry must be ordered in the case so that such lapses are not repeated in future.

DR V K ANAND, Patiala


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has all along been desperate to meet and talk to his Pakistan counterpart, whosoever has been at the helm there. This despite the fact that Pakistan has been back-stabbing us in the shape of terrorist attacks, killing our soldiers, indulging in daily cross-border firing, encouraging terrorist training camps on its soil and now the latest terrorist attacks at Hiranagar and Samba in Jammu, do show us weak and impotent. What is the Prime Minister going to achieve or has achieved with these meetings is beyond the comprehension of the countrymen as Pakistan has never taken any action which would indicate it is sensitive to our concern. All India needs is show its might and not to be led by the dictates from the US.

M K JINSI, Zirakpur


It is an established fact that whenever India and Pakistan are on the verge of initiating a "dialogue of peace" between them, the extremist forces play spoilsports by indulging in ghastly misadventures from across the border. The terrorist attacks at a police station and an army camp in Jammu on Thursday by militants from across the border that resulted in the killings of 10 persons, including Lt-Col Bikramjit Singh of Chandigarh, is a clear example of this philosophy of madness.

As Dr Manmohan Singh is firm in his resolve to meet Nawaz Sharif, it only indicates that despite this act of cowardice from Pakistani terrorists, he is going ahead to talk to Nawaz Sharif to find a lasting solution to all such problems between the two countries. His efforts must be lauded and encouraged by one and all in the UPA. Even the opposition parties like the BJP, which are shouting from the rooftop for calling off the proposed talks between the two leaders, must realise that it is only the "talks" that can defuse the “no-trust” situation between India and Pakistan.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Love for birds

Nowadays we do not bother for our elders and relatives, leave alone care for and love birds. I enjoyed the moments when my grandfather took five-six rotis (loaves) daily for dogs and bajra for birds during his morning walks. I appreciate Baba Farid University's Vice Chancellor S S Gill for directing his staff to put up a sufficient number of wooden nests so that birds can rest and breed easily. He has also directed the staff to provide a small water body for their bathing and drinking. I feel such love and caring for birds must be shown by every human being, at least in the vicinity of his/her house.




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